Do you need a refresher course in relaxing? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s what to consider before your next straightening job.
Step-by-step, here are the products you need to care for your natural hair as you grow that awesome afro.
You’ve spent time investigating the pros and cons of different types of relaxers out there and parted with your moolah to relax your hair, but now that you’re rocking a straight ‘do, you have no idea what to do with it. Luckily, we’ve got five on-trend ways to wear your newly relaxed hair and the products needed to achieve each look.
Now that you’ve undergone chemical hair straightening it’s best to embrace your hair for what it is, opting for a look that best suits longer locks. This slicked-back style is perfect for just that; all you’ll need is Mizani’s Lived-In Sculpting Paste to tame flyaway strands and add structure and dimension. You’ll enjoy an attractive natural finish too.
This look is ideal for those with shorter hair looking to expose your face and release your winter glow. It’s as simple as parting the hair towards a preferred side and securing it with a capable product to control the sides. We suggest Dark and Lovely Diamond Rich Sheen Spray. It adds moisture and shine while keeping strands in place sans any greasy build-up.
If you want to make the most of your straight locks in the most seamless of ways, we recommend this alternative mohawk. Use what you’ve got, combined with the right product, to comb your hair upwards into a style that suits you. We recommend Redken High Rise Volume Styler – a combo volumising hair cream and high-lift gel to set things in order.
This look takes a bit more commitment as it requires you to shave the sides of your hair while leaving the top part long. Doing this exposes you to a whole new range of styles to play with. We love a look that takes the longer hair on top and secures it all in a bun towards the back of your head. When styling, try Kérastase Discipline Fondant Fluidealiste conditioner for soft, supple hair that's protected from frizz and humidity for up to 72 hours.
Relaxed hair isn’t only good for leaving loose; it also makes updo styles look that much more sophisticated! This take on a top knot is both stylish and chic and allows for your face, neck and shoulders to be exposed in all the right ways. Secure with bobby pins and use L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Unlimited Shine Perfecting Blow-Dry Oil before styling for a frizz-free ‘do. For best results, follow these do’s and don’ts of relaxing to know which relaxer is best for your hair type. Complete the look by pairing it with suitable makeup.
While we have no doubt one of the above looks will work for you, there’s no harm in visiting a professional for other unique ideas. Remember to discuss these things with your stylist before you start relaxing hair. A pro may help to take your hair relaxing at home to the next step by opening you up to a hairstyle for natural and relaxed hair that you’re bound to love. Got no one in mind? Our Salon Locator will sort you out in no time!
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